The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Mass Communication and Public Relations degree offered by Montana State University’s Billings campus is a program of study that focuses on continuing a student’s previous academic pursuits, whether it was Bachelor’s level credits from another Bachelor’s program or an associate’s degree. This program is a Bachelor’s Completion program in the form of a 2 + 2 curriculum. As a matter of fact, this program requires prospective students to have completed an associate’s degree (either an Associate of Arts or Associate of Sciences) from a regionally accredited institution. The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies offers students a chance to earn a bachelor’s degree by completing General Education requirements as well as upper division courses that may be required by any bachelor’s level program. Ideally, this program is intended for students with an Associate’s degree who wishes to build on their technical and academic skills, knowledge, and experience. It is important to note that prospective students with Associate of Applied Science degrees are eligible to pursue the Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Mass Communication and Public Relations that is also offered by Montana State University’s Billings campus.
The requirements for this program include: a completed associate’s degree, 120 credit hours of completed courses, a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, a satisfied General Education requirements core, a minimum of 30 credit hours of Montana State University Billings courses, at least 30 upper division credits, and at least 15 credit hours from one discipline. The Mass Communication and Public Relations discipline offered by this institution is an option for these students. The Mass Communication and Public Relations course requirements are split up into and Mass Communication core and a Public Communications core. The Mass Communication courses include: Exploring Communication Studies, History and Theory of Persuasion, and Advanced Video Production. The Public Relations core includes courses like: Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Management and Organization, and Principles of Marketing. Students should choose the courses that best fits their personal interests, career goals, or educational goals.
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